Congress

Open Checkbooks: So Far This Cycle, DeLay, Hoyer Give More Than Hastert, Pelosi

For Immediate Release:

March 5, 2004

Contact:Allison Stevens

Congressional Quarterly

Open Checkbooks: So Far This Cycle, DeLay, Hoyer Give More Than Hastert, Pelosi
By Allison Stevens, CQ Staff
When it comes to colleague-to-colleague giving, the No. 2 leaders are the tops.

In the Senate, Majority Whip Mitch McConnell has ponied up far more cash for other people's campaigns so far than his boss, Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

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Common Cause

For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2004

Contact:Mary Lynn Jones

American Prospect

After the 2000 presidential election, liberals and centrists blamed one another for Al Gore's loss. Liberals argued that Gore's populist message helped his campaign. Centrists countered that Gore went too far to the left to attract enough votes to win.

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Leaders Ponder Rewards for Newcomer

For Immediate Release:

February 23, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

House Democratic leaders are scrambling to find a plum committee slot to reward their newest Member, Rep.-elect Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), for wresting away a Republican seat and giving them much-needed momentum heading into the 2004 elections.

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Rational Exuberance

For Immediate Release:

February 26, 2004

Contact:Terence Samuel

The American Prospect

There is a strange, rare political species quietly roaming the landscape these days. Long endangered and occasionally thought to be extinct, its sudden re-emergence is as startling as it is sublime, particularly on Capitol Hill, where it seemed to face a fate on par with what the dinosaurs endured.

Here, of course, I speak of the Hopeful Democrat.

Caution on Election Reform Urged

For Immediate Release:

March 8, 2004

Contact:Amy Keller

Roll Call

Congressional sponsors of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 cautioned their colleagues that ongoing efforts to amend the law to deal with security issues could do more harm than good.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter last week, Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) warned against a rush to judgment on HAVA, urging lawmakers to let the new Election Assistance Commission examine issues related to the security of electronic voting systems.

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Democrats Take Kentucky Special Election

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2004

Contact:Chris Cillizza

Roll Call

Former state Attorney General Ben Chandler (D) won a convincing victory tonight over state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr (R) in Kentucky's 6th district, handing House Democrats their first victory in a Republican held-seat in a special election since 1991.

Chandler had 55 percent to Kerr's 43 percent with 100 percent of precincts in the 16-county central Kentucky district reporting.

The seat opened up after then-Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R) won last November's gubernatorial race against Chandler.

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Dems together on budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

House Democrats will attempt today to force Republicans to retreat from a key provision in their budget, hoping to repeat last year’s victory in which the GOP leaders released their rank-and-file members and allowed them to vote for the Democrats’ motion to instruct conferees.

This year’s motion will be on the “pay-go” language on tax cuts. The Democrats want the House to accede to the Senate’s language.

HOYER STATEMENT ON THE 2005 BUDGET

Democratic Budget Strong on Security, Invests in America’s Priorities

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the fiscal year 2005 House Republican budget, and in support of the House Democratic budget, which would balance the budget in 8 years and invest in America’s priorities.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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HOYER: DEMOCRATIC UNITY ON BUDGET VOTE DRAWS CLEAR DISTINCTIONS

Democrats Vote for Responsible Democratic Budget, Against Irresponsible GOP Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after the Democratic Caucus united in voting against the Republican Budget Resolution for FY05 and for the Democrats’ budget alternative:
“House Democrats sent a crystal clear message to the American people today by strongly supporting our Democratic budget plan for Fiscal Year 2005 and unanimously opposing the irresponsible Republican budget.

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Oops, Republicans Almost Did It Again!!!

On Tie Vote, House Republicans Twist Arms to Defeat Democratic Effort to Pay for Tax Cuts and Balance Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

**Please note that 8 Republicans switched their vote on the Democratic motion to instruct Budget conferees after time expired - in order of switching: Reps. Renzi, Bachus, Ose, Smith (MI), Smith (TX), Baker, Whitfield, Kirk.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans “defeated” a Democratic Motion to Instruct conferees on the budget on a tie vote, 209-209.

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